(Manufacturer # 26290 )
Loosely based on a true story, this uneven romantic comedy depicts the unexpected way in which a winning lottery ticket unites a pair of strangers. Waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) first meets police officer Charlie (Nicolas Cage) when he eats in her restaurant. Realizing that he doesn't have enough money to give her a tip, Charlie promises Yvonne to split any winnings from the lottery ticket he just bought. The skeptical Yvonne dismisses Charlie as just another cheapskate until he wins four million dollars and, much to Yvonne's surprise, decides to honor the agreement. His action becomes front page news and wins public acclaim, but it doesn't go over nearly so well with Charlie's wife Muriel (Rosie Perez), who has her own plans for the money. Muriel's shallow, greedy behavior disgusts Charlie, who finds himself spending more and more time with Yvonne, developing a friendship that threatens to blossom into something more. Jane Anderson's screenplay stresses the relationship between Charlie and Yvonne's characters over the situation's comic potential; this earnest tone will please romance fans but may disappoint viewers expecting the farcical comedy of writer/director Andrew Bergman's and Cage's previous effort, Honeymoon in Vegas. ~ Judd Blaise, RoviMovie TypeMovie Level Themes
Love Triangles, Big Break, Serendipity, Rags To RichesMovie Level Tones
Sentimental, Warm, Heartwarming, Humorous, Gentle, Light, SweetAwardsAMG Rating
Isaac Hayes narrates this fairy tale romantic comedy from talented director Andrew Bergman (Honeymoon in Vegas) and based on a true story. Married policeman Charlie Lang (Nicolas Cage) doesn't have enough money to tip waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda), so he offers her half of his lottery ticket if he wins. Naturally, he comes up with the $4 million jackpot and has to decide whether to honor his bargain, despite the hysteria of wife Muriel (Rosie Perez). Gentle and not too smarmy, this sentimental tale gets a bit of an edge from Perez, in a hilariously manic performance as the shrill harridan who finally loses Charlie to the kind-spirited Yvonne. Veteran character actor Seymour Cassel is around also as a smooth-talking conman who suckers Muriel in, and Cage plays his role with some thought, never giving in to the easy comic choices.
~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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